A long-serving Hawke’s Bay podiatrist has been sentenced to four and a half years’ jail for his part in child pornography distribution uncovered in the United States.
Neville Bruce Crockett, 62, of Napier, who has more than 35 years experience as a podiatrist in New Zealand and the UK and has been based in Hawke’s Bay since at least 2002, was sentenced in Napier District Court yesterday, having pleaded guilty to two representative charges of possessing objectionable publications, seven of making a copy for distribution and one of obstruction.
Computer equipment, containing over 5000 files of child sex abuse, was seized from his home in a Department of Internal Affairs investigation US authorities reported Crockett had tried to email pictures of young children being sexually abused.
Department investigators said Crockett tried to conceal a USB drive during the search and had used many computer applications to conceal his activity. He had visited two “dark web” child sexual abuse websites have since been closed down by the FBI.